Chris Rock’s mother, Rose Rock, is standing up for her son.
“When Will slapped Chris, he slapped all of us, but he really slapped me,” she stated. “Because when you hurt my child, you hurt me.”
The 77-year-old famous that she had “never met” Smith previous to the incident and initially believed that it was a staged occasion “until he started with the obscenities.”
At the March 27 awards ceremony, Smith struck Rock after the comic made a joke about his spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith, and her coiffure. When the King Richard actor returned to his seat, he repeatedly shouted that Chris wanted to “keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth.”
While reflecting on the altercation, Rose Rock stated that she had “no idea” what she would say to Will if given the prospect besides: “What in the world were you thinking?”
“You did a slap, but so many things could’ve happened from that,” she defined. “Chris could’ve stepped back and fallen. You really could’ve been taken out in handcuffs. You didn’t think. You reacted to your wife giving you the side-eye and you went up and made her day because she was bowled over laughing when it happened.”
As a mom of 10, Rose Rock additionally shared her heartbreak about not having the ability to bodily be there for her son after the incident. “I was not [at the Oscars] this time.” she stated. “I couldn’t reach out to him at that point, there was nothing to do and that’s a hard thing for a mother. No matter how old they are, they’re still your babies.”
In the wake of the slap, Smith has publicly apologized to Chris Rock on Instagram, resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts &Sciences, and acquired a 10-year ban from attending all Academy occasions for his actions. In a press release to E! News, Smith shared, “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision.”
While the occasion did not go the way in which the presenter or his household had imagined, Rose Rock maintained that she was “really, really proud” of the way in which Chris Rock carried himself onstage after the incident.
However, she famous that she additionally felt “really sad,” as a result of “Chris was so glad to be giving the award to Questlove for his Oscar and nobody heard his speech. No one was capable of simply be within the second, as a result of everyone was simply sitting there like, ‘What simply occurred?'”
When requested if she sees a future the place the 2 stars may someday meet and reconcile, Rose Rock shared she’s leaving that as much as them. “That would have to be a decision they made. I feel really bad that [Will] never apologized,” she stated. “Something like that is personal. You reach out.”
She additionally gave an replace on Chris Rock , who lately launched into his comedy tour. “He is doing well,” she shared. “Like he said, he’s still processing it because that’s not something you expect.”
Denzel Washington broke his silence on the Will Smith Oscars slap, saying that he believes “the devil got ahold of that circumstance that night” and the “only solution” is prayer.